Saturday, 30 November 2013

This Wicked Game Blog Tour - Guest Post & Giveaway

Title: This Wicked Game
Author: Michelle Zink
Publisher: Dial
Format: Kindle & ebook
Release Date: November 14, 2013
Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.

The voodoo business.

Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.

She doesn’t believe.

Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.

But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.

Including her own.

As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her.



Outside the Voodoo Box


After writing about ancient prophecies, demons, and angels, voodoo seemed like the just the thing for my next book. I’d heard about the paranormal slowdown in publishing, but the truth is, I love all things supernatural. Maybe it has something to do with the utterly inexplicable nature of it all, but writing is most fun for me when I’m exploring the “what-ifs” of our world. 

And voodoo was a “what if” I couldn’t resist. 

I started by doing a ton of research on voodoo, New Orleans, and Louisiana. It made for fascinating reading, not to mention good eating (can you say “beignets”?!). I knew I wanted to do something with Marie Laveau, the most famous voodoo queen in history, but I also wanted to do something different by taking my “what ifs” to the next level. 

I started thinking about what Marie’s ancestors might look like today. Louisiana has such a rich cultural heritage, with immigrants from France, Haiti, Ireland, Africa, and just about anyplace else you can imagine. I didn’t want to write a book that fed on the stereotypical aspects of voodoo, its practitioners, and its culture. Instead, I wanted to focus on the fact that Louisiana is a point at which all of these different ethnicities and cultures come together. 

Enter the Guild, a secret society of old world voodoo practitioners living in today’s New Orleans. I imagined that Marie’s ancestors might have gone on to marry wealthy Southern landowners, because voodoo wasn’t only practiced by those of African or Haitian lineage. Inevitably, it was adopted by others, and it only made sense to me that over a hundred years, these bloodlines would cross. Therein lay a challenge; authentically represent voodoo culture and bloodlines while allowing for the changes wrought by modern day society. 

Some readers have commented that Claire is bi-racial rather than African-American (which they seemed to expect), and that while there are plenty of African-American’s in the book, there are also bi-racial characters and even white voodoo practitioners. I’ve been surprised by this criticism. To me, Claire and Xander and Sasha and Crazy Eddie and all the Guild members represent what easily could have been a merging of cultures over the past hundred years; wealthy white landowners with respected voodoo practitioners of African and Island descent. 

The other challenge was accurately representing voodoo. Often misunderstood, voodoo is commonly seen as a form of black magic. I’m pretty sure most people think of voodoo dolls when they think of voodoo! But in reality, real voodoo was typically used to heal, to protect, and to bring about luck and good fortune. The kind of black magic most often associated with voodoo is actually called HOUDOO, and while the two do sometimes meet, voodoo typically shuns black magic, relies heavily on herbs and roots, and features a lot of Catholic iconography (thanks to Marie Laveau). In fact, many practitioners of voodoo were also practicing catholics. 

Now that the book is complete and in the hands of readers, I can honestly say that it’s one of my favorites. I’m proud of the cultural detail (although I try not to overdo it at the expense of pacing), the dark, Guillermo Del Torro-esque (one of my favorites!) nature of the story, and the message the I hope shines through in the end.

In short; anything is possible, and there’s never any harm in believing.  

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Friday, 29 November 2013

SIA Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway



Title: SIA
Author: Josh Grayson
Release Date: 11/20/13
Review Copy: From author in exchange for honest review

When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.



Having read two more intense books prior to this, I felt like this book couldn't have been read at a better time. This one is a more relaxed contemporary read.

What really grabbed me to read this was in fact the main characters name, which is Sia. I haven't heard that name before until now. It's a very pretty name. But it also stands out among everyone else in the book.

The concept that someone can lose their memory after something traumatic happens to oneself is a scary thought. This is exactly what happens to Sia after being hit by a car.

What was interesting about this book was that she lives on the street for the first week. There was no thought process of trying to find parents or any family of sort.

Then comes the cliched parts. Sia comes from a high class family and she's the bitchiest girl in her school. Needless to say her eyes get opened to her family financial situation and she becomes the outcast after this incident. Then comes her boyfriend at the start of the book. He's the typical class jerk, who trips the "losers" of the school. If you can see where I'm going with this, yes she does break up with him and befriends the "losers".

While being homeless a lady by the name of Carol takes her under her wing. She becomes a mentor of sort to Sia and they both make incredible changes throughout the books thanks to each other.

Overall, if you're looking for a break after some intense books, then I'd check this one out. Also, I think you're all curious to know whether or not Sia gets her memory back.



About the Author


Josh Grayson was born in Mexico, raised in Massachusetts, and now lives in Martinsville, Virginia. It was his move to the South that stirred his imagination and gave him the courage to start writing. During his free time, Josh enjoys reading, jogging, swimming, and watching YouTube videos.


Josh currently works as a medical driver, shuttling people all over Virginia and North Carolina. He has also worked as a machinist, film sales rep, administrative assistant, and telemarketer (he apologizes if he called you).


Sia is his debut YA novel.



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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Death is but a Dream Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway

Title: Death is but a Dream 
Author: Erin Hayes 
Release Date: Fall, 2013 
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Review Copy: From author in exchange of a honest review

Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.

Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it's the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.

So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.

With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead



Have you ever wanted a stand alone Greek mythology book that was easy to follow? .

This is definitely a book to read. Cause let's face it, Greek Gods and Goddess can get complex and confusing on who screwed with who, both physically and sexually.

We have Hades and Persephone's son, Plutus, who is the main God in this story. But we also meet Zeus, Aphrodite, Dionysus and Tisiphone. Just to name a few.

Apparently there is a wrong time to die. At least according to Hades there is. Whodathunk that saving a girl from being hit by a car was a bad thing. 

What starts out as a mystery, almost becomes a race against a killer., with a hint of romance. Speaking of romance, it's a very clean novel in that aspect. They don't go into any detail when characters kiss. In fact, the fighting and scenes that involve someone dead are more detailed. 

The mystery of whose trying to kill Plutus is a very interesting one, if I say so myself. It starts out like a typical story, but then when Gods, Demigods and Goddesses get involved, you know it ain't going to be pretty.

I learned some Greek mythology while reading this. First off, I will admit to saying that I didn't know that Plutus was blind and lame. You'd think being the God of Wealth, you'd want to see who gets riches, and who doesn't. However if you think about it, it makes sense. They sort of go into detail about this in the story, so I shall not going into anymore further detail. 

Onto Callista. You were a very strong main character. The only thing that irked me was that you kept correcting everyone on what you preferred to be called by. I mean, really! Would I go up to God of the Underworld and say "Hey it's actually Kris."? I don't think so. I mean, I hear Hades is a nice guy and all, but I don't think that would go over well. 

Throughout this book there are hints as to whether or not the Gods are actually manipulating Callista's life. I guess the big giveaway would be when she falls for Plutus. Can't say I didn't see that one coming. But did Aphroditie really ignite that, or did she feel it herself? Well you'll just have to see for yourself. 
Abiyr rhw Overall, wonderful read. It felt so fresh reading a more "adult" book. So if you're looking for a drama free (well except between the Gods themselves, but that will never end), mature Greek Mythology read. Then I'd definitely recommend you check this one out.





About the Author


Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average. You can reach her at tiptoegirl87@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The League of Skull & Bones Book Blast



Jess Grimm has the ability to travel to any dimension in the multiverse. There’s only one problem... it’s killing her.

Jess is a in a race against time to find a device that can slow the progression of the power inside her, but she isn’t alone. Others want her power, and they don’t care how they get, or if she is dead or alive when they do.

The only person willing to help her is the mysterious Ronan Sparrow a member of the League of Skull & Bones, one of the very groups that want her power. But what does Ronan want in return? Can Jess trust him or will she find herself alone with enemies on all sides?

The League of Skull & Bones, Book 1 of The Grimm Chronicles


Prologue


I wasn’t alone in the dark.

Snarls and growls surrounded me, running my blood cold. I moved my head from side to side, scrunching my eyes, trying desperately to catch sight of the beasts before they reached me. My crimson swords weighed so heavily in my hands that I felt as if I’d been fighting for what seemed like eternity.

Claws and fangs suddenly slashed out from the darkness and I did my best to defend myself, though in my heart I knew it was a losing battle. The beasts were overpowering me and soon I wouldn’t be able to stop them. No one was coming to save me. I was alone.

Talons slashed across my back and warm blood trickled down as pain shot across my spine. I stumbled and the beasts—I was sure—tasted victory. They moved in at me in waves. I spun my blades trying to battle the never-ending tide, trying to survive.

It was hopeless. For every monster I took down, another two took its place. I wanted to live, I wanted to fight, but the agonizing pain of my flesh being torn and sliced was too great to bear. I couldn’t go on. The jaws of one of the beasts clamped on my wrist, and I lost my grip on one of my swords. It fell from my hand and clattered to the ground and with it went my last vestige of hope.

Blood drained from my body and my vision faded. I would soon black out, and then the beasts would feast on me. A scream bubbled in my throat and my mouth fell open, but no sounds came out. I closed my eyes, not wanting to see my own death and hoped that darkness would take me before the beasts did.

I bolted out of bed, my mouth still open in a silent scream, and my sheets tangled around me soaked with sweat. I stood at the foot of my bed, my breathing coming in ragged gasps.

The nightmares came almost every night. I couldn’t escape them no matter how hard I tried. I yanked at the sheets, dragging them off me and tossing them back onto the bed.

I’d worn only an old t-shirt to bed, though now I wished I had worn more. I didn’t want to see my scars, didn’t want to be reminded yet again, but I couldn’t stop my fingers from tracing over the ugly scars that marked my arms and upper torso.

I walked from the top floor of my loft, down the stainless steel steps to the kitchen area. I yanked open the fridge and grabbed the container of milk and took a gulp. I placed it back in the fridge and slammed the door closed. I slipped down onto the couch that faced the large windows dotting the walls of my loft and sighed at the breathtaking view of Paris. It always calmed me.

My fingers mindlessly drifted over the scars on my arms. They were a reminder of the very real night I had been trapped in a nearly unwinnable fight. Monsters had surrounded me and had almost killed me. If it hadn’t been for my friends, I would have died.

But I hadn’t died, or had I? I was far from the girl I had once been. Once I was the prettiest girl in school, and the girl who had hit every club and had had a blast when she had moved to Paris. But after the vicious attack everything had changed, most of all me.

My fingers suddenly stopped, settling on the edges of identical tattoos on both my forearms. I glanced down at the image of a Skeleton Key. My scars refused to cross paths with the tattoos, as if they knew that they dared not go near them.

I slid my finger over the tattoo, and felt a buzz of power run through me. These unwanted tattoos were another reminder of something else entirely. But unlike my scar, I had chosen these.

The monsters may not have gotten me, but these tattoos were a different matter. They marked me for death.

I pulled my knees up into my chest and took a deep breath. Maybe I would wait here until dawn. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about any more nightmares or death that constantly stalked me.

I sat alone in the dark looking out on the City of Lights, awaiting the dawn and praying that I could keep death at bay and that I wouldn’t hear the sound of monsters.


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MJ Fletcher was born in New Jersey and now lives by the beach with his very understanding wife and daughter. He has been writing since he first stapled pages together as a child and called them a book. He finally realized his ambitions when his comic book series Adam Zero The Last Man of Earth was published by Ronin Studios. His other comic book work includes Digital Webbing Presents and The Hero Initiative. His first novel The Doorknob Society released in 2012 was nominated for a Cybil award in the young adult category. He has continued writing the Doorknob Society Saga his rollicking steampunk adventure series as well as working on numerous other writing projects.




Powered Blog Tour - Review


Title: Powered
Series: The Powered Trilogy #1
Author: Cheyanne Young
Release Date: November 28, 2013
Review Copy: From publisher for exchange of a honest review

Maci Might's sixteenth birthday is supposed to be the day she's awarded Hero status. But thanks to a tiny anger problem and a questionable family tree, King City's elders think it's best if she doesn't join the Hero ranks. Determined to change their minds, Maci will break whatever rule it takes to prove she's Hero material. As her hair darkens and her anger grows, everyone turns against her except Evan; a childhood friend turned scientist who may be able to unlock the secrets hidden in her DNA. 

When a villain attacks King City and her dad is held prisoner, Maci discovers a truth she refuses to believe. She may not be a Hero after all—but this time the Heroes of King City need her more than she needs them. And she won't let them down. 

Powered is the first in a trilogy.


This book was... AWESOME!!! Like it seriously kicked ass. Cheyanne, you are now automatically like one of my favorite authors.

Trying to get my thoughts together was hard. My inner nerdy superhero was jumping and flailing at this book.

I love Maci. She was what any teen hero would be. Think they're all that, with the attitude and stuff. But like anyone who puts up a front, there is longing to belong.

We discover that Maci had a twin sister who passed away at birth. Theory goes that one twin is a "hero" and the other is a "villain". But because of her twin dying, she doesn't know which one she is.

She sticks out like a sore thumb against the other Heroes with her physical looks. The main one being that she has dark hair and well regular Heroes don't. I liked this physical trait, it makes the whole Good vs. Evil, Dark vs. Light seem real.

Now what isn't a superhero book without a villain. What I liked about this book was that the baddie is that it was a female. Many villains in this kind of book/movie are usually male. Hey, she may be a bitch but I still give her credit.

Overall, this was a brilliant book and I can't wait to read the next book. If you love your superheroes then this one is definitely a must read.

PS. I couldn't even organize my feels for the best part. So you'll just have to see where I went :O yourself.




About the Author


Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her family, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world.


She also writes under the pen name Amy Sparling.

*Note - She is wearing a Batman shirt! That makes her automatically awesome*
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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Rewriting Redemption Blog Tour - Review


Rewrite Redemption by J.H. Walker 
Publication date: January 25th 2013 
Genres: Science Fiction, Time-Travel, Young Adult
Amazon
 She’s sixteen. He’s seventeen. They don’t know each other…at least not yet.

She has a secret and her whole life revolves around keeping it. Every few months and with little warning, she simply disappears, pulled into the past for hours or even days. She’s terrified it will happen in front of someone, changing her life forever. So far, the only witnesses have been her parents, and that didn’t end well. She has no control over it and no idea why it happens to her.

She wants answers.

He has answers—at least he understands what’s going on. He has a secret, too. He’s part of an organization that goes back in time to rewrite reality. But he also has a problem. He broke the organization’s number-one rule by altering his own timeline. As punishment, he’s been blocked from time travel, which is most unfortunate. Because the changes he made to his timeline, accidentally resulted in disaster for his family. A disaster he’s now prevented from repairing. No one can travel beneath the organization’s radar except a Shadow. But they’re rare, so rare he’s never even met one.

Then he moves to her town.
 
Have you ever wanted to go back and fix a time in your life? Or  have you ever want to be born in a treehouse? Well, then this is right up your alley.

Constantine and A.J. both had guilt that they couldn't live with. But luckily for them, there was a way to change it. All they needed was each other.

This was a very interesting book. I was quite a fan of the names and the pop culture references that were in the book.

As one who is hesitant about time travel, this book grabbed me from the start. I think this mostly had to do with the fact that this was about characters who wanted to fix their past.

I couldn't begin to imagine how A.J. and Constantine feel at the start of the book. They're just living without actually living. Even from the first sentence you can tell. "I killed my mother." - A.J. At first I was in shock but then as I continued on, you realize that it was more of a metaphorical meaning. Then we are introduced to Constantine who causes an accident that puts his brother in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. It sort of reminded me of people in a car accident and the driver is the only one who makes it out alive. They just have this guilt that hangs onto them.

A.J. is a shadow, which means she can time travel without being noticed. However Constantine can't, and after being banished from traveling, this is why he needs her.

This book went by at a pretty good pace. There were the few slowish moments, but then again when aren't there.

I loved the incorporation of trees. Seeing A.J. felt more at home around them, made me realize they're a part of nature that we take for granted nowadays.

Overall, great debut and I'd definitely read more from this author. Now, I'm off to go hug a tree.



About the Author


J.H. grew up in Central America. She now lives in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies with her photographer husband and many, many books. In addition to her never-ending study of human behavior, she’s a political junkie and a certified tree hugger. Rewrite Redemption is her debut novel.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Entangled Teen Double Cover Reveal - Excerpts & Giveaways

Today Rebekah Purdy and Entangled Teen are revealing the covers for THE LEGEND OF ME, releasing in early 2014 and THE WINTER PEOPLE, releasing July 1, 2014! Check out the gorgeous covers, excerpts, and enter to win an eARC of each!



THE LEGEND OF ME
Author: Rebekah Purdy
Release Date: Early 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Sixteen-year-old Brielle has grown up hearing tales of a beast that kills humans, leaving behind only a scattering of bones and limbs. Or so the village elders say. She thinks it’s just their way of keeping children in line, though it doesn’t explain her grisly premonitions of blood, claws, and severed heads.

When Lord Kenrick, Knight of the Crowhurst Order, shows up asking questions about the legendary monster and Brielle finds a mangled body in the woods, she begins to wonder if the grim stories are true.
Her attraction to the handsome knight grows as she spends time with him searching for clues to the creature’s existence, and she becomes even more determined to help him discover the beast’s location.

But as her seventeenth birthday approaches, her nightmares worsen. If Brielle doesn’t figure out the connection between Kenrick, the monster, and visions of a ghostly  in the woods soon, more people could die. Including those closest to her…

Excerpt

Brambles scratched my legs, snagging my skirt. Gnarled trees bent in gruesome forms, while thick shadows splayed out beneath them. A heavy gloom settled over the woodland as wisps of fog slithered like snakes against the ground. I shivered.

Don’t think. I picked an animal trail to follow, stepping over dead branches and forest debris. Blood pounded in my ears and the hair on the back of my neck prickled. I twisted around to glance behind me.

Nothing there. Only the trees.

Urgency gripped hold of me and I picked up my pace once more. As I scrambled through the thicket, an overwhelming scent of rotten meat made me gag. I covered my mouth with my hand and stopped running when a bright red piece of fabric caught my eye. With hesitant steps, I moved toward it.

“Oh God.” I stumbled. There, sticking out from beneath a barberry bush was a severed arm, its finger pointed at me in accusation. My breath came in gasps as I scanned the rest of the clearing.

My foot nudged against something and I looked down in horror to find the head of Liam Gatekeeper staring up at me.

I screamed, backing away as fast as I could. All around me were pieces of his body scattered like breadcrumbs. I shielded my eyes with my hands, until I bumped into something else.

With another scream, I whipped around only to find myself faced with an oak tree covered in dried blood and deep claw marks. My vision darkened and I prayed I wouldn’t faint, that I wouldn’t be stuck in the woods. Because somewhere out here, a monster lurked. If I didn’t believe it before, I did now. The beast was real.






THE WINTER PEOPLE
Author: Rebekah Purdy
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she
hasn’t forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must be left at the back of the property.


Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

Excerpt

The sky darkened with ominous storm clouds. Giant flakes fell onto my face, sticking to my eyelashes and cheeks. Snow blew unhindered across the yard into what looked like small tornadoes.

Oh God. It’s happening again. The frigid air. The creaking of the treetops beneath the wind. Even the way the snow blew across the yard.

I only had one more feeder. Just needed to toss the seeds in then I could leave. Be safe.

The pond water rippled, while the trees bent beneath the strong gusts. Soon, everything became so white I couldn’t see the house. In the distance a strange tinkling sounded, like dozens of wind chimes.

What had the shrink told me to do?

Ten, nine, eight. Breathe. Seven, six, five. Shit!

Panic stole my thoughts. I backed away from the pond as the flurries swirled toward me. Chasing me.

Then, I bumped into something—something that felt quite human. A firm chest, arms, hands. Not
something, someone. A shriek tumbled from my lips and I spun around to face my captor.

“It’s okay. I won’t hurt you,” a soft masculine voice said, pale hands clinging to my arms as he kept me from falling.

My gaze followed those long fingers, up black leather sleeves, to the most gorgeous face I’d ever seen. My breath caught in my throat. I’m gawking. But I couldn’t help it. His raven hair shot with strands of blue, his face pale and perfect, like an ice sculptor had chiseled it into existence. His eyes—oh God, his eyes. They were the palest blue I’d ever seen. Glacial. He had to be over six feet tall, muscles evident through the tight shirt he wore beneath an unzipped jacket.

His mouth turned up at the corners as if enjoying my scrutiny. A cocky grin that made my cheeks warm.

“You’re trespassing.” I tried to keep the tremble from my voice. “This is private property, or can’t you read the signs?” Bravo, that’s right, scare him off with your bitchiness.

He chuckled. And it sounded like the low song of the chimes. “Doris doesn’t mind me coming around. In fact, I’ve met you before, Salome.”

My name on his lips made my knees go buttery. I groaned inwardly.

“You know my grandma?” I fidgeted with the bucket still in hand.

He gave a nod. “Yeah, I’ve known her for years. But I haven’t seen you since you were a child.”

Warning bells went off in my mind, but I pushed them aside. If he knew my grandma, then he must be okay. “Funny, I don’t remember you at all.”

“Don’t you, Salome?” Strands of my hair blew about my face. He reached a hand out as if to touch them then stopped, dropping his arms back to his side.

“No. Grandma’s never mentioned you.”

He gave me another cocky grin. 

“Well then, maybe we should be reacquainted.”

“Or maybe not.” I snorted. “I’m not sure how you got on the property, Grandma keeps all the gates locked.”

He produced an antique-looking skeleton key. “She gave me this. Like I said, Doris has known me for a long time.”

“I’m sorry. I’m not trying to be a jerk or anything, it’s just my grandma never mentioned I’d have visitors.” In fact, I wondered why she didn’t ask this guy to watch her house instead of me.

The arrogance left his face and he stared at me. “Perhaps, we can try this again.” He held his hand out to me. 

“I’m Nevin.”




 About Rebekah Purdy

Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the mitten-shaped state on the map). She’s lived there most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army.  At which time she got a chance to experience MO, KS, SC, and CA.

She works full time for the court system and in her free time she writes YA stories. Pretty much any genre within the YA realm is game for her, but her favorites are fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, thrillers, light sci-fi, and some time travel.

She also has a big family–she like to considers them the modern day Brady Bunch. When her hubby and her met and got married, he had 3 children from a previous marriage, she had 2 and  have 1 together. It’s a lot of fun though.

And she can’t forget her other family members–yep, they’ve got some pets: 4 dogs, 3 cats,  and 1 turtle. Everyone in the family has one…she won’t bore you all with their names (unless you really want to know). Okay, you talked her into it! Jack, Pearl, Grr…(yes that’s her dog’s name), Callie, Shadow, Mooshoo, Grouchy, and Sorbert. Other than writing some of her other hobbies include: reading (mostly YA of course), singing, swimming, football, soccer, running, camping, sledding, church, hanging with her kids, and traveling.

She belong to a fabulous writing group called YA Fiction Fantatics (YAFF) and you guessed it they all write YA!

REPPED by Jennifer Mishler and Frances Black of Literary Counsel.

And that’s her in a big ‘ol nutshell.



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